Venezuela President Hugo Chavez elected to a fourth term

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defeated challenger Henrique Capriles Sunday to win his fourth term in office, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times reportered Sunday.

The 40-year-old Capriles conceded shortly after the National Election Council reported Sunday night that the 58-year-old Chavez won 54.4% of the popular vote. Chavez recognized the growing strength of the opposition- Capriles won 44.9% of the vote- in his victory speech Sunday night, according to the Star Tribune.

With his victory, Chavez will remain in office until 2019, although all three articles report that his health could impact his ability to finish out the term.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chavez was diagnosed with abdominal cancer in 2011 and has undergone several surgeries in Cuba and several rounds of chemotherapy. Chavez said in July that he is cancer free.

The socialist Chavez trumpeted his programs for poor people throughout his campaign, according to the New York Times. Throughout his first 14 years in office, Chavez developed social welfare projects that delivered free medical care, housing, education and affordable groceries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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